acoustic · blues · dobro · female singer · male singer · singer-songwriter · swing

Luke Winslow-King: The Coming Tide

Recently I was in Saint Louis and stumbled upon a lively blues trio making music at a corner hangout called the Blues City Deli, in the Soulard District. We showed up for lunch at noonish on a Friday, and found a line out the door into the street. Hello?! Red beans and rice for $3.50,… Continue reading Luke Winslow-King: The Coming Tide

acoustic · banjo · country · female singer · singer-songwriter · swing

Coty Hogue: To the West (MP3)

Thanks to Hearth Music for sending me the new record from rising star Coty Hogue of Bellingham, WA. Her new release To the West charted #1 on the Folk-DJ chart in June, for good reason. Coty Hogue sings a lovely, sultry blend of old-time Americana and contemporary songs that connect to the old strain. Her… Continue reading Coty Hogue: To the West (MP3)

country · male singer · singer-songwriter · swing

Caleb Klauder: Western Country (MP3)

If you follow the old-time music scene, you’re already familiar with Caleb Klauder, the amazing mandolinist at the heart of Portland’s Foghorn Stringband (and Foghorn Trio and Foghorn Duo). Caleb also tours around with his Country Band, and they’ve just released a smoky collection of old-time honkytonk titled “Western Country.” On this record, the line… Continue reading Caleb Klauder: Western Country (MP3)

female singer · male singer · swing

The Belleville Outfit: Time to Stand (MP3)

Last Tuesday, Austin-based band The Belleville Outfit released their second album, titled Time to Stand. A rowdy romp through sunny fields of swing, country, and gypsy sounds, Time to Stand establishes this band as one to watch as they conquer the major festivals one by one. Fiddlefreak is about follk music, and Belleville features piano… Continue reading The Belleville Outfit: Time to Stand (MP3)

accordion · acoustic · banjo · Cajun · dobro · male singer · swing · ukulele

Whiskey Chimp: Barely Right Now (MP3)

It has been almost a year since Fiddlefreak reviewed a live show by Whiskey Chimp, calling them “seven deadly sons who are bound for glory, or Hell in a handbasket.” We have been proven prophetic by their brand new third full-length record Barely Right Now (FP Records). On this CD they seem to fuse into… Continue reading Whiskey Chimp: Barely Right Now (MP3)

acoustic · female singer · male singer · swing

Bearfoot Live in Paso Robles

What do you call a bluegrass band without a banjo? Fiddlefreak sez: smooooooth. What’s the recipe for this tasty smoothie? Take one part Biscuit Burners, one part Nickel Creek, and one part Crooked Still, blend until creamy, and you get the breakfast of champions, born in the boondocks of our wildest state: Bearfoot. If you’re… Continue reading Bearfoot Live in Paso Robles

accordion · acoustic · female singer · swing

Euphonia: The Old Jawbone (MP3)

Sylvia Herold is probably the best folksinger you’ve never heard of. This dynamic and sophisticated vocalist, from the East Bay area of San Francisco, is leader of the folk ensemble known as Euphonia. The group also features mandolinist Paul Kotapish, box player Charlie Hancock, and double bassist Chuck Ervin, and guests. Their material ranges from… Continue reading Euphonia: The Old Jawbone (MP3)